Legacy of Istanbul is rich, always in flux

Posted: July 6, 2014 at 2:31 a.m.

Istiklal Street is teeming with people, lined with shops and restaurants and boasts a nostalgic tram that runs the length of the street.

I first visited Istanbul in the 1970s. Some of my most vivid memories of that trip are of the colorful locals. Scruffy kids sold cherry juice and old men would grab huge cucumbers from wheeled carts, then peel, quarter and salt them to sell for pennies. While the 1970s magic in many places has been plowed under by modern affluence, today's Istanbul is every bit as rich and rewarding as it was back then.

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